<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:28:16 -0800 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:28:16 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[5.7 Quake Reported Off California Coast]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:56:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ferndale-quake-map-pic.jpg

Three earthquakes struck Wednesday off the coast of Northern California.

The largest of the earthquakes, reported by U.S. Geological Survey as a 5.7 magnitude quake, struck just after 1 p.m. near Ferndale.

The epicenter was approximately 40 miles southwest of Eureka and 204 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Several people in Arcata and Fort Bragg were among those who reported feeling the quake, according to the USGS website.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported no tsunami watch or warning in association with the quake.

NBC News spoke with the City of Ferndale City Manager Jay Parrish who said the quake was a slow rolling quake, that went on for a long time.

There was no big jolt , which Parrish says is significant because damages are not likely.

The city has yet to receive any reports of damage.



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<![CDATA[Sixth, Seventh Reported Threat at San Ysidro HS]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:02:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-sirens.jpg

San Ysidro High School has received its sixth reported threat in two weeks, police said.

The school received two separate threats Wednesday morning, one aimed at the principal and another at the school as a whole, Principal Hector Espinoza said.

The phone-in threat came in at about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, the San Diego Police Department said.

Police said they found the threats unsubstantiated. There was no lockdown.

The last such threat came in Monday afternoon and police did not lock down the school in response to that threat.

Officers cleared the area.

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<![CDATA[Program to Upgrade Airport Taxis to Fuel-Efficient Models]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:51:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-cab.jpg

A new plan that would propose airport-based cabs trade in their older cars for newer, fuel-efficient cars was approved Wednesday.

San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox proposed the pilot program to the Board of Supervisors and the board approved the $360,000 plan. The Board members also sit as the County Air Pollution Control District.

The program means that taxi cabs operating at the airport with a permit would be able to upgrade their older cars for newer, more fuel-efficient cars. They would be able to trade in their cars for a hybrid, CNG or alternative fuel taxis.

After purchasing these vehicles, owners would receive a $3,500 to $4,000 rebate in addition to paying a reduced airport fee for converting to the alternative fuel vehicle.

Taxi cab drivers that spoke to NBC 7 said the plan was a good idea, but their only concern was in the safety of newer models.

Cox said that more than 350 taxis operate at the airport, driving about 100,000 miles each year. The taxis produce more pollution than an average car and the new plan could bring about a three to five ton reduction in harmful air pollutants each year.

Though 271 taxis of the estimated 354 operating from the airport have already upgraded to newer, more fuel-efficient models, Cox said many are still driving older models that produce pollution.

The money for the program comes from a $4 annual fee the Department of Motor Vehicles collects from vehicle registrations and gives to the local government.



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<![CDATA[Dog Found in Dumpster Gets Second Chance]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:10:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hemingway-abandoned-dog2.jpg

A dog’s whimpering led to his rescue from a dumpster in Chula Vista and now, with the help of doctors, the abandoned pup is on the mend.

Hemingway was found Jan. 13 nearly hairless, a victim of months-long neglect according to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The 1-year-old Shih Tzu was infested with fleas, disease, and malnourished.

He may have been tossed in the trash or climbed into the dumpster in search of food, RCHS spokesperson John Van Zante told NBC 7.

"This is something that happened over a period of months,” Van Zante said referring to the dog’s bacterial and fungal infections.

Hemingway was first treated by County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in Bonita and is now on five medications and getting constant care from a foster family. After three more weeks of healing, he may be ready for a forever family.

"He was nervous and he shook and he just wasn't sure whether he should trust people. Now even though we give him baths he's starting to come out of his shell,” Van Zante said. “We're finding out he's not just a scared dog. He's a really great dog with a good personality.”

Throwing away a puppy is never the solution especially with 180 rescue shelters in San Diego County, Van Zante adds.

While it seems no one at the humane society knows how the dog got his name, one staff member recalls the famous quote “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

"That's our hope for Hemingway,” RCHS Medical Director Kathy Zerkle said in a statement. “That the broken places will heal strong and he'll find the loving family that he deserves."

For more information visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.
 



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<![CDATA[SportsWrap Launches on NBC7.com]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:06:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Derek-in-Super-Bowl.jpg

The just-launched SportsWrap on NBC7.com aims to inform and entertain the diverse, perhaps even eclectic, sports town that is San Diego.

We have fans of football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, golf, tennis, surfing, Olympic events … you name it, San Diegans watch (and more likely participate in) it.

Sports fans in our town are also intelligent and informed. Sportswrap on NBC7.com is aimed at catering to that audience.

We will share information on the Chargers, Padres, Aztecs, Toreros, Tritons and all the other teams, athletes and events, but more than that, we’re going to offer analysis on news from people who truly know San Diego sports.

It is one thing to know what happened. It’s another thing to know why it happened, what it will lead to, and how it affects the San Diego sports landscape.

As a TV News entity, we do video extremely well, so you can expect to see plenty of moving pictures, including interviews with your favorite local athletes.

Plus, sports and entertainment go hand-in-hand, so we’ll be talking about the fun aspects of the sports world.

We understand you lead a busy life, so have made it easy to get SportsWrap updates on the go. Click HERE to sign up for the daily SportsWrap newsletter – and follow SportsWrap lead contributor Derek Togerson HERE on Twitter. You will also find SportsWrap coverage on the free NBC 7 iPhone, Android, and iPad apps.

Bottom line, the goal of Sportswrap on NBC7.com is to inform and entertain you. But, not always in that order! 

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<![CDATA[Ex-Con Gets 100 to Life in Homeless Mom's Murder]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:35:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jeffery_mccreary_san_marcos.jpg

An Escondido man convicted of the brutal, drug-fueled murder of a young mother was sentenced to 100 years to life in a Vista courtroom Wednesday.

Jeffrey Steven McCreary, 44, was found guilty in the 2012 shooting death of 20-year-old Morayama Rodriguez. Known as Denise to family and friends, Rodriguez was the mother of an 11-month-old girl.

According to San Diego sheriff's deputies, McCreary and Rodriguez had met only a week or two before the murder.

The two were apparently riding with another friend in a white Mercedes when McCreary pulled out a gun and shot Rodriguez to death in what deputies said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Rodriguez's body was found by a mountain biker lying face down alongside a secluded road near Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, according to authorities.

Deputies arrested McCreary three days later after a pursuit through Escondido.

He was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to 100 years to life in state prison.

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<![CDATA[Foie Gras Returns to San Diego Eateries]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:28:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Foie+Gras+0128.jpg

Californians, you thought you had your last hurrah with Foie Gras but au revoir to the ban: it has made its local menu return. The debate over the duck liver delicacy ranges on, but the carnivores that crave it can find the dish served once again. Picket signs aside, here is a list of proud purveyors.

Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar, Carlsbad Village
The dish appeared back on the Restaurant Week Menu in record time and we’ve confirmed that it is there to stay. The dish features cage free duck Foie Gras from Hudson Valley in New York state. The chef at Paon prepares it with a port wine glaze and it’s served with brioche and pineapple compote.

Searsucker, Gaslamp & Del Mar
With a triumphant Foie Gras return at both locations, Searsucker added double dishes to boot. First, a seared Foie Gras on brioche, with charred figs, macerated currants and a black currant fluid gel. Second, there’s a Foie Gras Torchon, topped with black cherry gelee, garnished with port gastrique and gooseberries.

S & M Sausage and Meat, Park Blvd
Clearly committed to the carnivores, meat eaters can unite around Scott Slater’s Foie he put on the menu quickly after the tables turned. You’ll find pan seared Foie Gras over wilted arugula that has been sautéed in the duck fat, fried shallots, Asian pear and a homemade sherry reduction.

Perfect Pairings, Carlsbad
This new establishment up north focuses on developing tasting experiences, and the offerings rotate on the whim of Chef Aaron Gentry every two weeks. The current menu takes a break from fruit elements and sticks to simplistic savory flavors with a rustic twist with its Foie Gras with arugula and mustard greens.

Mille Fleurs, Rancho Santa Fe
Celebrating 30 years of fine California-inspired French cuisine, Foie Gras returns with its featured “Retro” menu. They follow the-cage free policy and feature Hudson Valley products too, seared with Mountain Rose Apple, shallots, Cognac and Pomegranate seeds.

Addison, Del Mar
Executive Chef William Bradley lost no time celebrating the victory of the Foie Gras; it was tout de suite and back on for the winter menu at San Diego’s highly awarded Addison, located inside the Grand Del Mar. The chef boasts a Foie Gras Grillée (meaning cooked on a grill or broiled) with apples, dates and Gewürztraminer.

Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.



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<![CDATA[Reward Offered in Random Bandit Robbery Series]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0031.png

A group of unknown suspects are wanted for a series of seemingly random attacks on businesses throughout San Diego.

San Diego Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit are seeking the public's help in locating a group of unknown men connected to the Random Bandits robbery series. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification, location and apprehension of the suspects.

Police said since Dec. 15, a dozen businesses with no connection or pattern have been attacked by one to three suspects. Not all have been armed robberies, and those that have were with a handgun, a knife or both.

The suspects are all described by police as 20- to 30-year-old dark-skinned males with medium builds. Witnesses and surveillance tape suggest the suspects consistently dress "monochromatic," with no obvious symbols or designs, and they wear dark colored hoodies or long sleeves.

Police said it's possible the suspects are driving a dark colored sedan similar to a Toyota Camry or Corolla.

The robberies include a tax preparer office, hotel, taco shop, Subway sandwich shop, liquor store, pizza place and others. A full list is available here.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery series is asked to contact the SDPD Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or by clicking here.



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<![CDATA[Hernandez Trial Begins Thursday]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:16:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_aaron_hernandez_miami.jpg

Opening statements are set for Thursday in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial following a 2-day delay because of the blizzard.

A full jury including 12 jurors and 6 alternates was seated Monday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh spent more than a week questioning potential jurors to weed out people who are biased, have a hardship, or have a valid reason to be excused. More than 1,000 people were originally called.

Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. At the time of the killing on June 17, 2013, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked Lloyd up at his home in Boston's Dorchester section and took him to an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, where he was shot to death.

Prosecutors haven't said who pulled the trigger but said Hernandez orchestrated the killing. Ortiz and Wallace have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and will be tried separately.

Nearly 300 people are on the prosecution's list of potential witnesses, including Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Among the others listed as potential witnesses is Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. Prosecutors have said Jenkins lied dozens of times to the grand jury investigating Lloyd's killing, including when she said she couldn't remember where she disposed of a large box from the basement of their home that Hernandez apparently told her to get rid of. She had been granted immunity before her grand jury testimony.

The trial, expected to last six to 10 weeks, will not be the end of Hernandez's legal troubles. He faces separate murder charges in Boston, where he is accused of killing two men after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him at a nightclub in 2012. That trial date has not yet been set.



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<![CDATA[Driver Crashes Through Border Crossing]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:53:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Border-crash-0128.jpg

A driver drove at high speeds through the U.S.-Mexico border crossing south of San Diego Wednesday, crashing before entering into the U.S.

The driver attempted to drive through the San Ysidro Port of Entry checkpoint without stopping just before midnight.

When entering the area of the POE where drivers stop for a check by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, the driver accelerated.

It was long before the vehicle crashed into two other cars just north of the checkpoint.

The California Highway Patrol was called in to help clear the wreckage. All three cars were towed and the border crossing – considered the busiest in the world – was once again operating as normal.

There were no injuries.

When asked by NBC 7, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection would not confirm if the driver was in custody.

CHP officials tell us they made no arrest and assumed CBP detained the driver.
 



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<![CDATA[NFL Debuts 1st Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:56:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/footballs.jpg

The NFL will air its first public service announcement against domestic violence as part of its No More campaign during the Super Bowl on NBC on Sunday.

A 30-second ad will air for $4.5 million, but the NFL has already released a chilling 60-second version. The ad is based on a real 911 call a domestic violence victim made in October.

The unsettling video starts out showing a disheveled home, with an unmade bed, books thrown on the floor, a sink piled up with unwashed dishes and a fist-sized punch in the wall. A woman is speaking in a rushed tone with the 911 dispatcher, pretending that she is ordering a pizza.

The dispatcher soon realizes the woman is unable to speak openly in her house because her abuser will hear. The final scene shows a framed picture of a woman torn from the wall and left by the trashcan.

The screen fades to black, and a message appears in white: “When it’s hard to talk, It’s up to us to listen.”

“The goal of the PSA is to activate and engage the vast audience of men and women across America in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” No More director Virginia Witt told Today.com.

The NFL has faced a number of high-profile domestic abuse allegations involving its players, most notably Ray Rice.

That case inspired many women to speak out on social media using the hashtag #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft and restarted debates about the NFL's history of players accused of domestic abuse.

“Public awareness is the first, essential step toward changing the culture into one where domestic violence and sexual assault no longer happen,” said Witt.



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<![CDATA[Protests Against Immigration Policies Held Statewide]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:16:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/immigration6.jpg

Protesters across California called on the California Attorney General to take actions against harmful immigration policies.

Activists from the San Diego Dream Team and the Immigrant Youth Coalition protested what they called harmful and unfair actions taken by the California Attorney General Kamala Harris on an anti-deportation law.

Similar rallies took place Wednesday in Los Angeles and Oakland to address the lack of community confidence in state law enforcement agencies.

In San Diego, protesters rallied at the San Diego Central Jail before moving to 1st Street and to Harris' office. 

Members of the San Diego Dream Team and the Immigrant Youth Coalition helped organize the events and joined the rallies.

Part of the reason protesters gathered was because of what they called a lack of enforcement of the California Trust Act, a law that went into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Officers are not always allowed to call immigration officials when dealing with undocumented immigrants. The act allows those immigrants to come forward if they are a victim or witness of a crime without fear of deportation. These guidelines change if the undocumented immigrants has a criminal pass but still given due process.

The law decreased immigration “holds” in California, which in turn decreased deportations of undocumented immigrants. The law also provided expanded protections for undocumented immigrants.

Protesters claim law enforcement officers have violated the state law instead of implementing it.

Harris' Press Secretary Kristin Ford released a response Wednesday afternoon, saying the attorney general "strongly supports the Trust Act and has consistently worked to protect and defend California's immigrant communities."

However, five people from the group rallying outside San Diego went inside the regional office to ask for more from her team.

Activists such as the ones marching across the state want Harris to reinforce the law’s implementation and want to denounce the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s human rights violations, they said. The groups want the Attorney General to ensure officials are complying with the act.

Harris does not have the authority to end ICE detainers, Ford said. She pointed to a bulletin from Harris to law enforcement, which let them know fulfilling ICE detainers is voluntary and could open them up to legal responsibilities.

According to Ford, senior DOJ staff have set meetings with San Diego activists to hear their concerns.

The San Diego Dream Team is an organization that works on promoting a future where immigrants are treated fairly, equally and with dignity. The Immigrant Youth Coalition is a grass roots organization that fights against deportations and for immigrant rights, led by undocumented youth and immigrants.



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<![CDATA[Mom Shocked at Suspect's Death]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:43:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/012715+samuel+brown.jpg

The mother of a Florida teen who was gunned down at a 2007 party said she was shocked when the suspect in the shooting was found shot to death in a car on the side of I-95.

Trina Kancey said she's finally getting closure, although it's not the kind she wanted or expected.

Kancey's son, 16-year-old Samuel Brown, was attending a graduation ceremony at the Polish American Club of Miami back in June 2007 when he was shot and killed along with another victim.

"I will never forget that's a day that is embedded in me forever," Kancey said. "He was the peacemaker that night, the peacemaker who was killed. He was killed."

Prosecutors identified Labron Brown as the gunman and he was arrested. But Labron Brown, who was just 15 at the time of the shooting was released after prosecutors dropped the charges following two years of court hearings.

Just one witness out of the 300 people who were packed into the club came forward, but the witness later recanted their story.

"My son's friend didn't even want to testify and that's hard as a mother," Kancey said. "My son stuck up for you and you wouldn't come to the court and give a deposition."

Kancey said she kept an article of the day Brown was released.

"I don't know why I kept it, I guess as a reminder that he was free and he got away with murder," she said.

Brown was arrested again in 2012 in connection with the shooting death of a man during a robbery in Miami Gardens. But again the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office didn't have enough evidence to prosecute.

"I was like, wow he killed somebody else, now they have him and I was shocked to learn he was out again," Kancey said.

Flash forward to Saturday, when two men were found shot to death inside a car on I-95 near Northwest 54th Street in Miami-Dade. The driver of the car was Labron Brown.

"I was just like, wow, another mother has to bury her son," Kancey said. "I wasn't rejoicing because he was killed because I know how it feels as a mother to lose a child."

Messages left by NBC 6 for Labron Brown's mother weren't returned Tuesday.

The shooting, which also left 23-year-old Kenneth McCoy dead, is under investigation.

Kancey said she has prayed every day since her son was killed, but now her prayers are directed somewhere else, to Labron Brown's mother.

"I pray for her that she gets through this and I know that was her only child and I hope he comforts her and he comforts me, that's my prayer for her," she said.

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<![CDATA[Buried Zombie Cat Returns From Grave]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:38:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NC_zombiecat0128001.jpg Ellis Hutson buried his cat, Bart, after it was hit by a car. Hutson says he found the cat "cold and stiff," but five days later the cat came back. "It's a miracle. All I can think is, 'It's a miracle.' " said Hutson. "I can't explain it. The cat was buried. The cat was dead, and my neighbor brought it back to my house." ]]> <![CDATA[1 Dead in Wisconsin Plane Crash]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:31:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/plane+crash+wisconsin.jpg

One person is dead and two others injured after a small plane crashed in Wisconsin Monday morning.

Officials said an initial investigation indicated the plane was having problems and attempted to land eastbound on Center Road in the Town of Hoard in central Wisconsin when it crashed.

Clark County Sheriff Gregory Herrick said the pilot said the plane started to ice up from the weather and began losing altitude. The pilot notified the Minneapolis Air Control Center of their emergency and their attempt to land on the road.

While they were attempting to land, a wing caught a tree and caused the plane to hit a ditch and crash into several other trees, officials said.

Officials said 56-year-old passenger Martin Siegwart, from Boone, Michigan, was killed in the crash.

Herrick said the pilot, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart from Hammond, and his friend, 41-year-old Nathan Smoot from North Pole, Alaska, were flying a recently purchased plane back to Alaska from the Griffith Airport in Hammond, Indiana. The pair had stopped in Cadillac, Michigan to pick up Siegwart’s father, Martin, who planned to accompany them on the trip.

Mark Siegwart and Smoot were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield in stable condition. Smoot has since been released from the hospital, officials said.

The accident is under investigation by the FAA and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.



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<![CDATA[Eleven More Flu Deaths Reported in San Diego]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:19:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Flu+Vaccine1.jpg

The total number of flu-related deaths in San Diego County has jumped to 19 total deaths, a higher number of deaths than this same time last year, health officials said.

Eleven people died from influenza last week, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said. Their ages range from 68 to 95 years old and all of them had underlying medical conditions.

This time last year, the county had 17 reported deaths. During the 2013-2014 season, 70 San Diegans died from influenza-related deaths.

70 San Diegans died from flu-related deaths last season, the most deaths since County Health and Human Services officials began tracking the disease. During the 2012 to 2013 season, 65 deaths were reported.

Health officials said influenza this winter is spreading and sickening San Diegans at a faster rate than last year’s flu season: there have been 263 confirmed cases to date, more than double last year’s number.

This year's vaccine is not a good match for one of the strains, officials have said, but it is well-matched for other strains. Partial protection provided by the vaccine helps prevent the severity of symptoms.

Nationwide, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has described this flu season as an “epidemic.”

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes, Fatalities After Super Bowl Up]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:40:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DRUNK+DRIVING+GENERIC+RESIZED.jpg

A new analysis of data is unveiling just how dangerous it is to drive home after the Super Bowl Sunday festivities.

People on the road in San Diego County after the Super Bowl face a 117 percent increased risk of alcohol-related fatalities and injury crashes, according to an Auto Club analysis of California Highway Patrol data.

Statistics show that there are 40 fatal and injury crashes on Super Bowl Sundays compared to 18 on comparable other Sundays.

Officials from the Automobile Club of Southern California, California Department of Insurance and California Highway Patrol said in a statement that anyone who does leave their house for the event should plan ahead to find a sober ride home.

"Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest one-day sporting event in the United States and unfortunately one of the most dangerous days on California's roads and highways," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "Deaths caused by DUI drivers are preventable. Every one of us has a responsibility to ensure we do not contribute to the problem by allowing a drunk or drugged driver to hit the road on Super Bowl Sunday."

In Los Angeles, drivers on the road post-Super Bowl face a 57 percent increased risk of alcohol-related fatalities and injury crashes.

The Auto Club of Southern California will be offering their Tipsy Tow service to drivers free of change starting at 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday to help keep drinking drivers off the road. The free tow is available for up to seven miles from pick up to the destination. Drivers can call 1-800-400-4AAA for the free tow.

Any sober drivers in San Diego can receive discounts and deals at local bars and restaurants by downloading the DDVIP – Designated Driver Application from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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<![CDATA[Doctor Admits to Being Drug Addict, Alcoholic]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:53:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dr+Bradley+Schnierow.JPG

A La Jolla doctor admitted he is a drug addict and alcoholic but pledged to complete a court-ordered drug-treatment program.

Dr. Bradley Schnierow pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of obtaining narcotics with a false prescription and a misdemeanor count of illegal drug possession.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Robert O’Neill dismissed seven other drug-related charges.

Prosecutor David Williams III told NBC 7 Investigates that the case against Schnierow was impacted by Proposition 47, a ballot measure approved by voters last November. The new law reduces many drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. Williams said three of the original charges filed last year against Schnierow as felonies were later reduced to misdemeanors.

But Williams said the false prescription felony requires Schnierow to enroll a rigorous drug treatment program, with serious consequences if he fails.

"If an individual is successful in drug treatment, and I hope Doctor Schnierow is successful in drug treatment, he could eventually get a complete dismissal of the charges,” Williams said.

Schnierow’s attorney, Paul Pfingst, disagreed with Williams assessment of Proposition 47’s impact on this case. Pfingst said the new law did not have an impact on the plea bargain or sentencing.

Judge O’Neill will review the case and Schnierow’s progress in drug treatment at a hearing scheduled for January 29, 2016.

Schnierow's medical license was suspended last June when the Medical Board of California learned of the serious allegations against him, which included using drugs in his office, writing illegal prescriptions for narcotics, and having an inappropriate relationship with a patient. The Drug Enforcement Administration also suspended Schnierow’s license to write prescriptions for controlled substances.

Schnierow told NBC 7 Investigates that he is “an alcoholic and addict in recovery” and that he is “committed to my sobriety.”

Schnierow, who formerly had offices on the Scripps Memorial Hospital campus and specialized in hair replacement surgery, said “I hope one day to have the privilege of treating patients” again.

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<![CDATA[Grenade Discovered in San Diego Neighborhood]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:20:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-1001.jpg

 A bomb squad was called out to the Stockton area of San Diego after police discovered a grenade there. 

San Diego Police officers say they were following up on another investigation when they found the device in the 3200 block of Island Avenue at about 6:15 p.m. 

No evacuations or road closures were put into place. 

The bomb squad determined the device is an actual grenade, though it is inert, so it would not explode.

Police cleared the scene a short time later.



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<![CDATA[Record Number of Criminals Exonerated]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:17:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Justin-Brooks-Professor.jpg

A record high number of exonerations occurred last year in the United States, in part because of prosecutors willing to admit mistakes, according to a report released Tuesday.

In 2014, The National Registry of Exonerations recorded 125 exonerations. The previous highest total was 91 in 2012 and again in 2013, followed by 87 in 2001.

See the report here.

Local law professor Justin Brooks is the director of The California Innocence Project, which is located in Downtown San Diego.

His project has exonerated 17 people since it started 15 years ago. NBC 7 asked for this thoughts on the report.

“People are seeing innocent people in prison. They’re seeing the public react positively with prosecutors and police going back on their own cases and fixing mistakes,” Professor Brooks said.

The California Innocence Project has been a part of a number high-profile exoneration cases, some of them recent. Michael Hanline’s murder conviction was reversed last November. He had spent 36 years behind bars for the crime. Then there’s NFL hopeful Brian Banks who lost five years of his life after a woman accused him of rape and kidnap.

Brooks hopes these new numbers and each exoneration will be viewed as opportunities to improve procedures/policies for the future. He adds the local District Attorney’s Office works very well with the Innocence Project, however that’s not the case in different parts of the state and country.

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<![CDATA[Romney Shifts His Position on Climate Change]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:32:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP597715248995.jpg

As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country's biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it.

"I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," he said.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee spoke to a sold-out crowd of about 3,000 at an investment management conference. It was his second public address since privately telling potential donors two weeks ago that he's considering seeking the presidency in 2016.

Romney didn't address a possible campaign at the event, but he used his 30-minute speech to lay out what appeared to be a populist platform. While hitting familiar Republican points criticizing the size of the federal debt, Romney at times sounded like a Democrat, calling for President Barack Obama and other leaders in Washington to act on climate change, poverty and education.

His evolving platform comes as he works to reshape his image after consecutive presidential defeats. He spent little time talking about poverty, the middle class or climate change in a 2012 campaign in which opponents cast him as an out-of-touch millionaire. But in public and private conversations in recent weeks he has focused on poverty, perhaps above all, a dramatic shift for the former private-equity executive.

Romney had previously acknowledged that climate change is real, noting in his 2010 book that "human activity is a contributing factor." But he questioned the extent to which man was contributing to the warming of the planet and said throughout his 2012 campaign that America shouldn't spend significant resources combatting the problem.

Romney said Wednesday night that federal leaders have failed to enact global agreements needed to tackle the problem.

The former Massachusetts governor also criticized Obama's State of the Union address, saying the president had minimized the threat of radical, violent jihadism and terror attacks in Paris.

"This is a very serious threat the world faces," he said. "And to minimize that, and sort of brush it aside with a few minutes of discussion, I thought was disappointing."

Romney said a growing education gap is one of the country's biggest challenges and suggested that teacher pay should be raised.

At times during the speech, he appeared equal parts candidate and economics professor, gesturing from behind a podium to a projected slideshow of graphs and pie charts of the federal debt and budget.

Before the speech — tickets were sold to the public — Romney spoke to a private dinner of about 130 clients of Diversify Inc., the investment firm that sponsored the event. Tyler Fagergren, a manager with the firm, said people asked Romney questions about the economy and investment but were not allowed to ask about a possible 2016 campaign.

Romney told the larger audience that he's honored to be a Utah resident now. He's built a home in an upscale Salt Lake City suburb and registered late last year as a Utah voter.



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<![CDATA[SNF's Collinsworth Talks Chargers Stadium]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:54:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chris+collinsworth.JPG

The debate about whether or not San Diego should build a new stadium that can be used by the Chargers (among many other things) is going to be heated until San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s task force comes to a conclusion. It’s easy to see the validity of arguments on both sides of that discussion.

What is not being questioned is the fact Qualcomm Stadium is not a very good place to see a football game. During the December 7th game against the Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, broadcasting legend Al Michaels even said traversing the halls at the Q is like, “walking through the ruins.”

His broadcast partner Cris Collinsworth feels very much the same way. In Arizona at a Super Bowl XLIX event on Tuesday, NBC 7 asked Collinsworth his opinion on the San Diego stadium situation.

You will notice in the video above, he did not pull any punches.

"It's probably last or next to last depending on where you want to rank it with Oakland. I don't meant to be offensive, but that's a fact," said Collinsworth.

Hear more by clicking the video player at the top of this page.
 



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<![CDATA["Sisters" Turn Out to Support Loretta Lynch's AG Bid ]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:27:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/loretta+lynch.jpg

Loretta Lynch had no shortage of sister support as she fielded questions from a U.S. Senate committee in her bid to become the first black woman to serve as the nation's attorney general.

At least ten members of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, attended the top Brooklyn prosecutor's confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, according to a photo posted by Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty, another alumna.

The "Deltas" in both Beatty's photo and another picture of the packed committee room posted by Rep. Alma Adams donned the African American Greek organization's signature colors of crimson and cream, as Time.com noted.

Lynch, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed current Attorney General Eric Holder, was reportedly a founding member of Delta Sigma Theta's chapter at Harvard University.

Holder's wife was also a charter member, according to reports and the chapter website.



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<![CDATA[Xmas Tree Fueled Deadly Md. Fire]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:27:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Boone+Pyle+family1.jpg

A Christmas tree that had been cut down more than 60 days earlier fueled a massive mansion fire that killed six family members in Maryland, officials said Wednesday.

The blaze was sparked by an electrical failure, which quickly spread flames to the furniture and the family's 15-foot Christmas tree, authorities said Wednesday.

"The involvement of the Christmas tree explains the heavy fire conditions encountered by responding fire crews," Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves said at an afternoon news conference discussing the investigation's findings.

The victims have been positively identified as Don Pyle, 56, Sandra Pyle, 63, and four of their grandchildren: sisters Alexis and Kaitlyn Boone, 8 and 7; and their cousins, siblings Charlotte and Wesley Boone, 8 and 6.

The blaze was "a tragic accident that occurred at the absolutely worst possible time, while the Pyles and their grandchildren were sleeping," said Special Age in Charge Bill McMullan with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Family members of the victims released a statement late Thursday, saying:

"While the explanation that has been shared with us today does not bring solace, it does start us down the long road to acceptance.

"To those who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers, please know how greatly it is appreciated. Your expressions of care and support will always be with us. Likewise, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our tragedy has touched many lives in many families, and, in different degrees, is shared by each of us. Our hope is that our loss will raise awareness that this tragic event could happen to any family.

"It is our hope that each of you are strengthened in your resolve to cherish your family, friends, and good times. With life so fleeting, make every day and every moment a special time with those you love."

The 15-foot Christmas tree was located in the family's great room, which had 19-foot ceilings and was surrounded by sleeping and living areas, Graves said.

Sources said earlier Wednesday that investigators had found an electrical issue from an outlet behind the tree, which they recovered after the fire.

However, it remains unknown what caused the tree to ignite. An official said there are several possible scenarios, and investigators will conduct test burns at an ATF lab in Beltsville, Marland.

Reports indicate that the tree had been cut down more than 60 days before the fire, Graves said. Investigators recovered the tree stand and discovered an inch or two of fallen needles.

Authorities believe the fire spread rapidly.

"The fuel load from the Christmas tree itself is... what caused the fire to spread as quickly as it did," said an official.

Investigators have also looked at recent family photos of the tree in the great room and photos taken prior to the blaze.

"...We're aware that Christmas trees, when they're dry, they burn quickly," Graves said. "...Whatever the circumstance in which the Christmas tree ignited, which we believe was electrical in nature, was something that led to the large fire that was found by the crews when they first arrived."

Graves said that the Christmas tree was lit "most of the time."

Investigators found the remains of the final victim Monday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

The six family members were in the mansion in the 900 block of Childs Point Road in Annapolis when the massive four-alarm fire tore through the home early Jan. 19.

"Life is fragile. Make time today to embrace your loved ones," a statement from the Boone and Pyle families read in part.

The house was equipped with a smoke alarm system monitored by a security company. Investigators said Wednesday that on the morning of the fire, the home's smoke alarm went off at 3:29 a.m.

The alarm company called the house and got no answer. The company then called the Anne Arundel County Fire Department at 3:32 a.m.

Firefighters were dispatched immediately and arrived at 3:42 a.m. During that 10-minute span, a neighbor called 911 about the fire. "The timeline of the rapid fire growth of the fire is defined by that series of events," said an official, who said there is no indication that the smoke alarm system did not work.

The first firefighters to arrive found heavy smoke and fire, and called for backup.

 

Officials said it's unknown at this point whether the victims tried to get out of the house.

The bodies of Sandy Pyle and two of the couple's grandchildren were found together in a bedroom, sources said. The body of a third child was found in another bedroom, and the fourth child's body was found in a separate bedroom.

Authorities are still working to determine the victims' causes of death.

Alexis and Kaitlyn are the daughters of Randy and Stacey Boone, while Charlotte and Wesley are the children of Clint Boone and his ex-wife Eve Morrison. The children's fathers are the sons of Sandra Pyle and the stepsons of Don Pyle.

The families said in a statement that they "are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need."

The home did not have a sprinkler system. A fire official said sprinklers would likely have made a difference, but the home was built in 2005, before a law was passed requiring them.



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<![CDATA[Who Shoveled the Boston Marathon Finish Line?]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:37:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boston+marathon+finish+snow+photo1.JPG

The whodunnit from Tuesday’s blizzard -- Who shoveled the snow off the Boston Marathon’s finish line? -- has been solved. At least partially.

One of the mystery men has been identified as Chris Laudani, a runner and bartender at the Back Bay Social Club on Boylston Street. He has run the Boston Marathon a few times and is just a fanatic about it, said Ryan Swann, the club's general manager.

"He was actually working that day and then he asked if he could borrow the shovel for a little bit so he could go do it," Swann said.

Laudani told Boston magazine that he wanted to send a message.

"I love the Boston Marathon and everything it stands for," he said. "The finish line doesn’t deserve to be covered in snow.”

But he is not a hero, a word being used about him on social media, he told the magazine.

"I’m just a nut who loves the marathon," he said. "The real heroes are the people who were out there clearing the streets and sidewalks, the [Boston Police Department], and the [Boston Fire Department] who risk their lives every day to keep people safe."

Philip Hillman took photos of what appears to be Laudani clearing the spot from the Charlesmark Hotel on Boylston Street and he started the search.

He and others began tweeting with the hashtag #whoshoveledthefinishline in hopes of finding Laudani.

“I had no idea it would have this response,” Hillman told Runner’s World in the wake of the storm, which dumped 18.5 inches in Boston on Tuesday.

Hillman, the northeast district manager of the Rodney Strong Wine Estates in Healdsburg, California, told NBC that he had stayed overnight at the hotel because of the blizzard and was working in his room around noon on Tuesday when he stood up to stretch. He looked at the window and spotted the then mystery shoveler.

“And I said, ‘How cool is that?’” he said. “This city loves the marathon and that little patch of ground is like sacred ground.”

So he took a photo with his iPhone, another of the finish line alone and put it first on Facebook and then Twitter.

“And the rest is history,” he said. “My buddy, he retweeted it and it’s been ongoing. I think we broke Twitter.”

By Wednesday afternoon, even the Boston police department was tweeting the photos.

Hillman said Laudani was there for about a half hour keeping the snow off as it fell.

Another photographer, Adam Reynolds, got a close-up.

And apparently, a second man also was out in the blizzard doing the same thing. Kelsey Karkos took a photograph of him and wrote on Instagram: "The guy was so nice to shovel off the #bostonmarathon finish line today to remind us why we go out there and run #everyday even in the blizzard! #bostonstrong #boston."

She wrote that he saw her looking for the finish line while he was shoveling the sidewalk.

"He knew exactly what I was looking for and came over to help me!," she wrote. "Such a great person with some boston spirit during the blizzard! I wish I knew his name!"

The marathon will be run this year on April 18.

Jury selection in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of setting off two bombs near the finish line in 2013, was delayed because of the blizzard. The attack killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was killed during a shoot-out with police.



Photo Credit: Philip Hillman II
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<![CDATA[13 Pounds of Pot Hidden In Family Van]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:48:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NC_potinvan0127001.jpg A family in New Mexico found more than 13 pounds of marijuana hidden in the door of their van, apparently tucked away thereby a previous owner.]]> <![CDATA[Addae is "Mad for No Reason" on Game Day]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:39:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jahleel-Addae-profile.jpg Chargers safety Jahleel Addae prides himself on being a physical player. However, sometimes his aggressive style can threaten his own health. Despite sustaining at least two concussions in 2014, Addae is not going to change the way he performs on the football field. Jahleel shared his mind-set and approach to each game, and how he transforms from a low-key guy in to a heat-seeking missile on Sundays.]]> <![CDATA[License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:14:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/license+plate+reader.PNG

License plate readers, a tool often touted by law enforcement, have raised privacy concerns by the ACLU over the federal government’s access to those plates’ numbers.

San Diego County agencies use the readers to capture plates and the date, time and locations of where they were spotted. That information is stored in a database managed by SANDAG and accessed by local, state and even some federal agencies.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has said it uses the databases in border states like California to monitor vehicle used for drug trafficking.

But a Wall Street Journal report revealed the DEA expanded the plate reading application to track people accused of other crimes, such as rape, murder and kidnapping.

The ACLU calls it a classic case of “mission creep and privacy invasion.”

“It’s the government having the ability to create a permanent surveillance state,” said David Loy, an attorney with the ACLU. “Tracking everyone’s movement in real time wherever they go. That’s not the kind of America most people want to live in.”

While the group isn’t opposed to using license plate readers to solve crimes, they believe a standard set of rules needs to be adopted for its use. The ACLU is calling for strictly regulated access to the databases to make sure privacy is not exploited.

Cmdr. David Myers with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says video from the readers is only accessed for investigative reasons, and it helped them crack the high-profile murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

“It’s helped us detect child molesters, helped us detect rapists, contact and find bank robbers. It’s an investigative tool,” said Myers.

According to SANDAG, car-mounted video is kept in their database for two years. Video from fixed cameras placed on poles is kept for one year. Next month, SANDAG’s board is expected to approve a change in policy so that all video is kept for just one year.
 



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<![CDATA[What Did We Really Learn From Super Bowl Media Day?]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:56:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Media+Day+Aerial+Picture.JPG

One of my favorite things about Super Bowl Media Day is this:

Nowhere else on earth will you find as much talking with as little being said.

All 106 players, plus the head coaches and coordinators, are available to speak with the 6,000 or so media members in attendance. All of them are asked multiple questions. None of them say anything (I think they all learned from Falcons defensive back Ray Buchanan wearing a dog collar, calling out Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, then watching Denver beat Atlanta to a pulp, 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII).

So, these days you get a whole lot of clichés and learn basically nothing about the game we’re all allegedly here to cover. The Seahawks and Patriots were on top of their say-nothing game in Phoenix. Here’s a sampling of the answers to a few questions on Tuesday.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll on how to beat the Patriots:

“The game plan for us is to play like we always play. That’s the big challenge, that we can play with the same kind of intensity and attitude, the execution that gives us the chance to win. So, regardless of what they do, we have to play like we’re capable of playing. That’s a greater challenge in itself, but that’s really what we’re after. If we do that, that gives us our best chance to win.”

New England head coach Bill Belichick on how to beat the Seahawks:

“Seattle’s a great football team. We’re going to need a great effort out of everybody: our offense, defense, special teams, coaching staff. Seattle’s very good in all phases of the game. They’re well coached. They have a lot of great players. You can see why they were a championship team last year and why they’ve had so much success with the No. 1 seed in the NFC this year. So we’re going to have to do a lot of things well, we’re going to have to do them consistently for four quarters and that will be a big challenge for us. It’s going to take all of the above.”

Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman on playing against a QB like Tom Brady:

“It’s fun, it’s fun for competitors. It’s a great challenge for us and anybody who’s ever been an elite competitor or an elite player enjoys those moments against other great players. It brings the best out of you. I think we as a group and as a team enjoy going against an elite team because it brings the best out of us.”

New England quarterback Tom Brady on the spectacle that is Super Bowl week:

“Well, we just got down here yesterday so we’re trying to obviously get settled here in our hotel. It’s a big game, obviously, with a lot going on here. But we’re locked in on practicing. It starts tomorrow.”

Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin on the Patriots defense:

“Sound. They are extremely dangerous because they are athletic. They are physical. They fly around to the ball. They are one of the fastest front seven we have seen. We are anxious about the opportunity. We know that they have some dogs over there. We know about the dogs on our defense, so like I said we are just excited about the opportunity.”

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski on the Seahawks defense:

“They’re very, very good. They’re very, very talented. Very, very tough mentally and physically. Probably one of the best defenses out there, if not the best defense. We’ve got to go out there and prepare and we’ve got to be ready.”
Not exactly earth-shattering stuff here, is it?

Of course, part of the problem is the football guys are not getting fed great questions and are not asked to elaborate when they spew the obvious, and that’s our fault as media members. But, for the foreseeable future, Super Bowl Media Day will be more about reporters trying out out-outrageous one another and the NFL making lots of money.

They did, after all, have it sponsored by Gatorade and sell a few thousand tickets to fans for the event.

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<![CDATA[San Diego One of Richest Cities in America]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:42:00 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Bay-Skyline-Garske.jpg

America’s Finest City is also one of America’s richest cities.

In a newly released list by Wall St. Cheat Sheet, San Diego was ranked the No. 5 richest city in America.

The ranking looked at cities with a population greater than 500,000 people that have the highest percentage of households earning at least $150,000 per year.

It also provides the salary you would need to live comfortably in each city. In San Diego, that salary is $101, 984. (The Cheat Sheet says the magic income to feel comfortable is $75,000.)

Three other California cities made the top 10 list: San Francisco came in at No. 1 (no surprise there), San Jose sits at No. 2 and Los Angeles was ranked No. 8.

Here’s the full list:

1.) San Francisco
2.) San Jose
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) Seattle
5.) San Diego
6.) Boston
7.) New York City
8.) Los Angeles
9.) Denver
10.) Austin

How do you feel about where San Diego stacks up? Let us know in the comments section below.

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<![CDATA[Woman Found Guilty of Murdering Mother, 79]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:28:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ghazal+mansury+sentencing+0127.JPG

A jury has found a Serra Mesa woman guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 79-year-old mother, whose body was found days later near the Barona Indian Reservation.

Ghazal Mansury closed her eyes for a brief moment of seeming resignation when the verdict against her came down Tuesday.

Mansury had admitted to disposing of her mother Mehria Mansury's body in a remote area, but she pleaded not guilty to killing her.

One juror told NBC 7 it was a hard case because of the subject matter, but in the end, there was never any doubt that Mansury killed her mother. Mansury faces 25 years to life in prison at her March 6 sentencing.

Mehria was last seen alive on Sept. 23, 2013 by other family members. Mansury told relatives her mother went on a walk and never returned, which prompted a missing person search throughout the area.

On Oct. 2, 2013, investigators discovered Mehria's dead body under a tree near the Barona Indian Reservation. The next day, Mansury was arrested for her mother's murder.

Prosecutors say on Mansury's computer, they found online search terms like "homicide" and "how to clean blood stains." 

Mansury claims she opened a door and knocked her mother over, and when she asked if she was OK, her mother replied, "Yes," according to the defendant. When Mansury returned, she says she found her mother dead, so she put her body in the trunk and dumped her elsewhere.

A witness who testified at trial told the jury Mansury had strangeld her mother with a bicycle inner-tube. Others said Mansury had a long-standing animosity toward Mehria. The tipping point allegedly came when a dog was taken away from her.

"There was a documented history of a relationship that had broken down. We knew that the drugs played a part. We knew that Ms. Mansury's choice of friends played a part," said Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood. "But more than that, Ms. Mansury unfortunately did not like her mother. That was very clear."

Investigators do not have a cause of death because Mehria's body was exposed to the elements and wild animals, prosecutors say.

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<![CDATA[YMCA Opens in City Heights]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:42:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/YMCAribboncuttingWEBIMG1-PIC_0.jpg

A new 53,000-square-foot YMCA opened its doors Tuesday.

The Copley-Price Family YMCA will serve the City Heights, Talmadge and Kensington communities nearby.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Marti Emerald and San Diego County YMCA President and CEO Baron Herdelin-Doherty came together to cut the red ribbon on the new building on El Cajon Boulevard.

Faulconer said he was "so proud" of the work done on the project and said the new YMCA would change the lives of many in the surrounding neighborhoods.

"To see the finished product after all of the work, after all of the designs, after all of the hours and hours of fundraising is extraordinary and its fantastic," Faulconer said. "The work that you did represents the best of who we are as San Diegans."

The facilities include two swimming pools, a splash park, a gymnasium, a fitness and wellness center, exercise rooms, a demonstration kitchen, teen center, preschool and school-age child care centers



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<![CDATA[New Mental Health Law Passes First Hurdle]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:16:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dianne-Jacob-Dave-Roberts.jpg

San Diego County moved one step closer Tuesday to implementing Laura’s Law, a measure that would allow counties to request court-appointed outpatient treatment for people with severe mental illness.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed the plan to implement the law with a 4-1 vote.
Board Vice Chairman Dave Roberts and Supervisor Dianne Jacob are fronting the effort to implement Laura’s Law in the county.

“We need to do this…We need to take the next step to bring Laura’s Law to San Diego County,” Roberts said in a statement. “This affects so many people.”

Laura’s Law would impact those people with severe mental illness that have a history of refusing to accept treatment and who have recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, or threats or attempts of serious violence toward themselves or others. Those patients would be compelled by court order to take required medications and receive treatment if they pose a danger to themselves or other.

It is similar to a voluntary program currently in place in San Diego County called the In Home Outreach Team, which allows for voluntary treatment for similar individuals.

The next step in the process is for the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to assemble a multidisciplinary team that will develop a plan to provide the services.

The team, which will report back to the board in 90 days, will include officials from various County agencies, the Sheriff’s Department, Office of the District Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Probation Department. The team will also be comprised of officials from outside the County government, including representatives from the Superior Court, the San Diego Police Department, and patients’ rights advocacy representatives.

Laura’s Law was passed into state law in 2002.

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<![CDATA[$1K Reward for Information on Pharmacy Robbery]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:16:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CVS+Robbery+2.jpg

San Diego Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in finding and identifying an unknown suspect that robbed a pharmacy on Navajo Road.

Crime Stoppers are offering $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.

The incident happened at approximately 11:45 a.m. on January 21 when a male walked into a Walgreens Pharmacy on Navajo Road in San Diego, police said.

The man, described as a 25 to 35-year-old man about 5 feet 11 inches, gave the employee a demand note telling the pharmacist he had a gun and wanted oxycodone. The employee handed the man the pills and the male left the store in an unknown direction.

Officials believe the man also robbed a San Diego CVS Pharmacy on Eads Avenue in La Jolla on January 13 with a demand note asking for Roxicodone, a generic name for oxycodone.

The suspect is described as a tall man of thin build and is unshaven. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, brown work boots, dark sunglasses and a baseball cap with “Oakland” across the front.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Navigates Saudi Limits on Women]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:08:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Michelle-Obama-Saudi-Arabia-2.jpg

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live.

Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.

Under the kingdom's strict dress code for women, Saudi females are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes in public. Most women in Saudi Arabia cover their hair and face with a veil known as the niqab. But covering one's head is not required for foreigners, and some Western women choose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia.

As a delegation of dozens of Saudi officials — all men — greeted the Obamas in Riyadh, some shook hands with Mrs. Obama. Others avoided a handshake but acknowledged the first lady with a nod as they passed by.



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<![CDATA[Woman Attacked Neighbor With Snowblower: Cops]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:06:38 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barbara+Davis.jpg

A 61-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she attacked her 60-year-old neighbor with a snowblower during the blizzard Tuesday in Arlington, Massachusetts.

The victim's foot was lacerated when officers arrived around 4:30 p.m., police said. They arrested Barbara Davis, with whom the victim was involved in an ongoing dispute.

Davis is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem. She is also charged with violating a harassment protection order the victim had previously filed against her.

The victim's injuries were treated, but are considered minor.

Davis was ordered to be held on $35,040 bail. She will be arraigned in Cambridge.



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